25 years ago, a whole quarter of a century, there was Kingpin. Sandwiched between Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary, Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s middle edition of their comedy hat-trick is often overlooked. It shouldn’t be, it’s exquisite. Bad taste, visual gags, and puns run amok as Woody Harrelson and Bill Murray go head to head.
Bowling prodigy Roy Munson is tricked into a situation that ends up costing him his prized bowling hand. As a down-and-out, he stumbles across Amish bowling talent Ishmael (Randy Quaid) and the two embark on an adventure across the US as they head for a bowling championship showdown with the man who cost Roy everything. They are joined on this journey by Vanessa Angel.
Now the Farrelly Brothers are set to produce a sequel to the 1996 bowling comedy for Village Roadshow Pictures. The project is very early in development with no script in place and no cast attached.
Proving once and for all that the wisdom of crowds doesn’t exist Rotten Tomatoes gives the original movie a 50% approval rating based on 38 reviews, with an average rating of 5.72/10 and says:
“Kingpin has its moments, but they’re often offset by an eagerness to descend into vulgar mean-spiritedness.”
What are they talking about? Vulgar mean-spiritedness is exactly what we want! The film is ranked #68 on Bravo’s “100 Funniest Movies”. In 2018 Vulture.com listed it #2 on a list of Woody Harrelson’s best films.